Monday, August 30, 2010

Embellish Magazine Color Challenge Using Squares #2

Hi everyone! I have a cute card for you tonight. It's my second submission for the Embellish Magazine Color Challenge Using Squares. I wasn't that happy with my first one, so I made another one! I've never made a Halloween card ever since I started card making. Since the colors were so festively Halloween-ish, I used this perfect opportunity to make my first Halloween card.

The challenge was to use squares. I cut out 1.25 x 1.25 squares and embossed them using my ProvoCraft embossing folder. I loved that square pattern so much, it reminded me of cobwebs. I also used a new stamp set that I had just purchased. It's Trick or Treat from Inkadinkado. I just love all the cute characters on it!!! Aren't they just adorable? I stamped one on top of the other to make it just a little bit more whimsical. Then I used my water pen to color in the images. I also inked the edges with Antique Linen distress ink to add more depth to the image. 

I really had fun making this card. I guess that means I'll be trying my hand at more Halloween cards! Here's Embellish Magazine's Color Challenge Using Squares, and here's my card. Thanks for stopping by!

Cardstock - kraft, vintage cream (PTI), purple, green (Bazzill)
Patterned Paper - Thrift Shop (October Afternoon)
Stamps - dog, cat, sentiment (Inkadinkado)
Inks - black (Memories), brown, red (Color Box), Distress Ink (Ranger)
Others - dies (Spellbinders), embossing folder (ProvoCraft)

Exciting News

Hi friends! I've got some exciting news tonight!!! I've been invited to be a member of Stacey's Curtain Call Crew Design Team!!! I'm so delighted to be joining the other wonderfully talented ladies of the design team. The new team officially starts in September, so swing on over to Stacey's Stamping Stage to meet the rest of the ladies!!! I'll be looking forward to having fun with everyone week after week for Stacey's amazing color combinations! See you there!

~ Jean

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Curtain Call Color Challenge Act 45

Hi all! It's my second post for the night, so if you haven't seen the previous one just scroll down to see it! Sunday nights are always Curtain Call nights...unless the colors are too challenging and I chicken out...hee! This one was a little challenging for me, but I tried anyway. I'm not very good with purple. But there's been a technique that I've been wanting to try for quite some time now. I keep seeing these Tim Holtz alcohol ink applicators. Finally, yesterday, I picked one up to try it out. I thought that the technique would look so great in purple! Well, I don't have any alcohol inks. Instead, I used my Blackberry chalk ink from Color Box. It worked fine as well. I brushed the sand colored cardstock on one side in circular motions to blend in the ink well. When one side was done, I used my lime green chalk ink to stamp some leaves on the other side. 

While at my local craft store yesterday, I saw some vellum paper. I don't normally work with vellum, but I picked some out anyway. I decided it would look great with some butterflies stamped on it. So I added the cute little butterflies from Butterfly Dreams (PTI). When I was done with the ribbon and all of the other things I wanted to add to the card, I had no idea where to put the sentiment! In the end, I just stamped it on a strip of vellum and adhered it to the bottom of the card. 

The paper flowers and leaves were from a ribbon store I found in one of my travels. I can't remember the name of the store, so sorry I can't really say where I got them from. I have seen great paper flowers at Michael's though. The ribbon was just excess from a gift I received from Bed, Bath & Beyond! Hee! Now that's recycling for you!

Here's the color combination for Curtain Call Color Challenge Act 45. And here's my sketch. Thanks for stopping by!

Cardstock - vintage cream (PTI), sand (Bazzill)
Stamps - Butterfly Dreams, Big & Bold Wishes (PTI), flowers/leaves (Inkadinkado)
Others - vellum (WorldWin Papers), rhinestones (Walmart), ribbon, paper flowers, paper leaves


Hi everyone! It's Sunday again, the weekend is almost over. But before the weekend is up, there's a little room for another challenge. I{heart}2stamp has a sketch challenge for this week. It involves a lot of circles. I just bought these doilies from Walmart, found them by accident on the sale racks. I've been seeing a lot of people use them in their cards and I wanted to try it out on mine. Unfortunately, I only found silver ones. But it looks like it made it in the card anyway, with good end results. I also enjoyed seeing a lot of vintage looking buttons on cards. And I found some at Walmart as well. I'm telling you, if you just look patiently you can find wonderful little things in Walmart. Haha! I broke out my tin of flowers as well. I haven't used it in a while. But for the life of me I can't remember what brand they are. I think maybe Prima.

If you'll notice I used an edge punch on my oceans tide cardstock. I had to use Fiskars because my EK Success couldn't punch through the heavy cardstock from PTI. I was really disappointed with my EK Success for this. It's a good thing the Fiskars edge punch had no trouble with it what-so-ever.

I was trying my hand at a vintage card in my last post. I wanted to try my hand at it one more time with this sketch. I hope I did it justice. Here is the sketch and my card. I hope you all have a wonderful week to come. Thanks for stopping by!

Cardstock - kraft, ocean tides (PTI), green (Paper Company)
Patterned Paper - Thrift Shop (October Afternoon), Ever After (Cosmo Cricket), Ancestral Bird Brocade (TPC Studio)
Stamps - Damask Designs, Mega Mixed Messages (PTI)
Others - flowers (Prima - not sure), doily, button (Walmart), oval punch, edge punch (Fiskars)

Saturday, August 28, 2010


Hi everyone! It's a wonderful Saturday, perfect weather for card making. (After all the chores are done of course! Hee!) Waltzing Mouse has a new sketch challenge today. I decided to try something different today. I attempted to make a "vintage" card! I just love the style, but have never been good at it. I try making them once in awhile just to practice. I'm proud and happy to say that this is the most "vintage" card I have ever made!!! Hahaha! 

Before I start to babble on about how I made it, here's the sketch for WMSC 12.

I flipped my card on the side. Using a vintage cream card base, I inked it with my PTI aqua mist using a sponge dauber. I also inked the edges one more time with Tea Dye Distress Ink. I used several stamps to make the background. Damask Designs and Text Style from PTI, and the chandelier is from Inkadinkado. I used my Martha Stewart edge punch on a strip of peach cardstock and stamped a damask design from my Vintage Labels (PTI). Then I tied a bow over it and adhered the label on top. 

As you can imagine, I was really, really happy about it!!! I took soooo many pictures!!!! Haha! Yay! Finally, a card that actually looks "vintage"! :)  Enjoy!

Cardstock - vintage cream (PTI), peach (Bazzill), beige (Paper Company)
Stamps - Chandelier (Inkadinkado), Mega Mixed Messages, Text Style, Damask Designs, Vintage Labels (PTI)
Others - ink (PTI, Memories, Colorbox, Distress Inks), pearls (Recollections), label die (Spellbinders), ribbon (Offray), edge punch (Martha Stewart)

Friday, August 27, 2010

Embellish Magazine Color Challenge Using Squares

Hi friends! Yay! Finally, it's Friday. I can relax and have more time for some card making. Embellish Magazine has a new color challenge. And wow, this one is a hard one for me. I'm not very fond of purple. But as I was going through my stamp sets I ran into my Year of Flowers: Violets! And what better stamp set to use!!! I also used my Text Style to make a background for my flowers. I had to make masks for each of the stamps I used. I colored them with my colored pencils and evened them out with some odorless mineral spirits. I used two shades of purple. One with a bluish tinge and the other a red/pink tinge, just to differentiate the center and outer parts of the flower. 

I'm not really sure if this is going to be my final submission. Whenever I get a hard color combination, for some reason I can't stick to one card submission. I really don't know why. But here's the color challenge from Embellish Magazine. And here's my first submission...

Cardstock - white (PTI)
Stamps - Violets, Text Style (PTI)
Others - pearls (Recollections), rhinestones (Queen & Co.), colored pencils, odorless mineral spirits

Thursday, August 26, 2010

ColourQ Challenge #47

Hi friends! We have guests visiting from Canada that we had to bring around the city today. I'm so tired from all the walking. Me and my husband have seen the Museum of Natural History so many times already!!! Every time guests come here it's what they want to see, aside from the Statue of Liberty. Whew! Am I tired!!! 

Even after the busy day, I missed my crafting table. So as soon as I got the chance to rest up a bit I browsed through the online challenges. I must say, this is one HARD color combination. I must have sat there looking at the color combination for quite a while before I even thought of what to do. The colors are very strong, and so I decided to try to make the card as clean as possible. I also got my hands on some Bloomers from Webster's Pages. I think they're super cute! 

I used my Little Argyle to make a background for the mustard cardstock. I also loved how the rose bloom from 5th Avenue Florals looked so good in mustard! Here's the color combination from ColourQ Challenge #47. And here's my card! 

More walking around the city tomorrow. I hope I can squeeze in another quick card tomorrow night. See you all tomorrow! Thanks for stopping by!!!! :)

Cardstock - white (PTI), mustard, gray (Paper Company), red (Bazzill)
Stamps - 5th Avenue Florals (SU), sentiment, Little Argyle (PTI)
Others - Bloomers (Webster's Pages)

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

TESC 125

Hi peeps! I have a TESC card for tonight. I checked this time...and I'm early this time around :) 
When I first saw the sketch I wasn't sure what I wanted to use with it. But then I went through my patterned paper drawer, I found just what I needed for it. I tried to sew around the circumference of the circles...well...that needs more work. I need to practice more. I've only been sewing straight lines. This is the first time I've ever tried something like this with my little Janome Sew Mini. Did I tell you I love my little sewing machine?! :) 

Anyway, it still looks good to me even if my stitches weren't exactly where I wanted them to be! Haha! I used my baby stamp sets from PTI because all the blue patterned paper just reminded me of a baby boy. 

Here's the sketch for the TESC 125. And here's my card submission!

Cardstock - white, vintage cream, kraft (PTI), navy blue (Bazzill)
Patterned Paper - Thrift Shop (October Afternoon), stripes, stars (Paper Pizazz)
Stamps - Bitty Baby Blessings, Baby Button Bits (PTI)
Others - ribbon (Offray), dies (Spellbinders), buttons (Walmart)

Very Late Colour Q #46 Submission

Hi friends! I just made the latest submission for a challenge!!! Hahhaa! I didn't check when the deadline was and I only managed to make my card tonight. The deadline was last Sunday! Talk about being LATE!!! :) 

Actually, I made two! Anyway, I'll just post it here for all of you to see! I had a lot of fun making these cards. I couldn't decide which one I wanted to submit though. Here they are! Enjoy the rest of your week!

Cardstock - white (PTI), green (Bazzill)
Patterned Papers - Be loved (My Mind's Eye), Thrift Shop (October Afternoon), Ever After (Cosmo Cricket)
Stamps - Tea for Two (PTI)
Others - edge punch (Martha Stewart), ribbon (Wendy)

Cardstock - white (PTI), green (Bazzill)
Patterned Papers - Be loved (My Mind's Eye), Thrift Shop (October Afternoon), yellow polka dots (BoBunny)
Stamps - Baby Button Bits, Just for You (PTI)
Others - edge punch (Martha Stewart), label die (PTI), buttons, felt (Walmart)

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Curtain Call Color Challenge Act 44

Hi peeps! It's Sunday again and that means another Curtain Call Color Challenge awaits! I really love soft aqua colors and pastels. And I must admit, sometimes these bright colors from the Curtain Call Color Challenges, well, they really force me to step out of my comfort zone. Which is a good thing really, since we all need color in our lives! This color combination is such a yummy and bright combination. I love it! And just having the turquoise in there really made me want to join in on the fun. 

I made a simple card tonight using one of my favorite Stampin' Up stamp sets, Eastern Blooms. I stamped some blooms on a raised piece of cardstock to make it my focal point. Then I used turquoise and that bright yellow cardstock to flank it from behind. I didn't want my turquoise band to just be plain, so I used my Little Argyle stamp set from Papertrey Ink. 

This was such a fun color combination. Here's the Curtain Call Color Challenge Act 44 for this week.  I hope you like my card!

Cardstock - white, hawaiian shores (PTI), red,  yellow (Bazzill)
Stamps - Eastern Blooms (SU), Little Argyle, Violets: sentiment (PTI)
Others - ink (Colorbox, Memories), edge punch (EK Success)

Friday, August 20, 2010

Embellish Magazine Color Challenge: Quirky-Cutesy-Clean Style

Hi peeps! I would say TGIF but I have work tomorrow. I made another card for the Embellish Magazine Color Challenge because I wasn't happy with my previous submissions. I used some of my Dotty Biscotti in my card last night and I still had it in my mind this evening. I used the aqua polka dots this time and tried it with kraft again. It turned out great! Since this is a "cutesy" card challenge, I had to use my favorite, cutesy, little dog stamp from Inkadinkado. I stamped him out using Memories black ink on a vintage cream cardstock then I stamped him again using Versamark on kraft cardstock. I cut out his kraft "spots" and adhered them to the vintage cream cardstock to add more dimension. I also placed him over an oval which I brushed with tea dye Distressed ink and Aqua Mist ink.  I used cute peach buttons to make sure I was following the color specifications of the challenge. I'd say this is my final submission for this challenge.  I'm very happy with it. All in all, I'd say he's cutesy! :) Enjoy your weekend!

Cardstock - vintage cream, kraft (PTI)
Patterned Paper - Dotty Biscotti (PTI)
Stamps - dog (Inkadinkado), sentiment (PTI)
Others - ink (Memories, PTI), buttons (Walmart)

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Sending You

Hi everyone! I made a simple card tonight using some of my favorite PTI items. I've always loved the yellow Dotty Biscotti patterned paper. I think I bought the whole pad of patterned paper just for that color. And I love it even more when used with Lemon Tart and Kraft cardstock. I'm not so into yellow, but I just can't get enough of this combination. I also used my Damask Designs and of course, one of my month's favorites, Big and Bold Wishes. I'm still practicing using my new Janome Sew Mini. I enjoy using it sooo much! I think even a child can use this machine! Thank goodness, otherwise I would never have dared getting one!!! Hee!

Here's my card for tonight. Enjoy!

Cardstock - kraft, lemon tart (PTI)
Patterned Paper - Dotty Biscotti (PTI)
Stamps - Damask Designs, Big and Bold Wishes (PTI)
Others - ink (Colorbox), ribbon (Offray)

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Color Cue {7} Challenge

Hi everyone! Color Cue has another fantastic challenge. Dawn always comes up with great color combinations. I've actually been mulling over it for a few days now and have made 3 cards out of it. I just couldn't decide which one to use for the challenge. I thought maybe you ladies could help me! :) 

Here's the color combination for the challenge:
And here are the cards I made for it.


I must say, I'm really loving this aqua patterned paper from My Mind's Eye. I just love anything blue or aqua. I got to practice on my sewing once more. I think I'm getting better at it! :) Yay! I colored the butterfly using my colored pencils. For people who have other things on their want list waaaay before getting any Copic markers...colored pencils are a great substitute. To even your strokes just use odorless mineral spirits with  shading stubs. I usually make little circles to even things out. Oh and the easy way to clean your shading stub after use...let it dry...then use an emery board and brush out the used parts! It's really easy to do! 

Cardstock - aqua mist, white (PTI), golden yellow (Paper Company)
Patterned Paper - Lush (My Mind's Eye), Happy Day (SEI)
Stamps - Butterfly Dreams, Baby Button Bits (PTI)
Others - buttons (Walmart)

My Tea for Two set finally came with this month's delivery from PTI. (Yes, I order every month! Doesn't everyone?! Admit it! Haha!) I really love this stamp set. I am just sooo limited by my imagination. I liked how this card turned out though. I love how the colors are so bright! I still have to work on my photography though. I know it's best to take pictures with daylight, but I only have time to make cards at night. And I don't have time in the morning to take pictures. I'm still working on it!!! :)

Cardstock - vintage cream, red (PTI), golden yellow (Paper Company)
Patterned Paper - Cosmo Cricket
Stamps - Tea for Two (PTI)
Others - button, thread (Walmart) 


So this is the third and final one I made. I thought at first that the colors weren't bright enough. But then I had meant for it to be that way. I love that tea time label stamp in the background! Like I said, this is such a great stamp set. I'm also in love with this sentiment stamp set, Big and Bold Wishes! My only problem with it is that it is "BIG" like it says, and sometimes it doesn't fit into my sketches at all. I think this "Hey There" sentiment is the shortest. As you can see it has almost taken most of the width of the card. But I love the way it grabs your attention right away. I hope you like it!

Cardstock - aqua mist, white (PTI)
Patterned Paper - Back to Basics (BoBunny)
Stamps - Tea for Two, Big and Bold Wishes (PTI)
Others - buttons (Walmart)

Well, that's it for tonight. I wonder if I'll keep thinking about this color combination and have 3 more cards to show you in a few days time...haha! Have a great week everyone!


Embellish Magazine Color Challenge : Quirky-Cutesy-Clean Style #2

Hi there! I have another submission for the Embellish Magazine Color Challenge. I wasn't too happy with the first one I made and I thought I'd try to make another one. I was trying to decide which stamp set to use with it and I saw this large flower from Hero Arts. I really love this cling stamp. I just wish there was a smaller sized one I could use for other things as well. I actually colored it a bit with Aqua Mist ink and my Dove blender pen. It's not very clear in the picture though.  I made several changes to the final color placement, but finally decided on this one.  I also just got this pack of assorted buttons from Walmart. Let me tell you, the colors in the pack were sooo cute! You never know what you'll find in Walmart if you just look. Hee!

I decided to use plain cardstock on this one. I really tried not to reach for any of my patterned papers. I've been so in love with October Afternoon and Cosmo Cricket lately! The challenge did call for a "clean" style. Here's my card, hope you'll like it!

Cardstock - kraft, aqua mist (PTI), peach (DCWV)
Stamp - flower (Hero Arts), sentiment (PTI)
Others - buttons (Walmart)

Monday, August 16, 2010

TESC #124

Hi  peeps! What a busy Monday it has been, I just wanted to relax when I got home. And card making is always relaxing. :) Tonight I made a card for the Taylored Expressions Sketch Challenge. For some reason, I see this sketch a lot...or maybe I'm just really tired and I'm imagining it. Well, so far, I don't think I've ever made something with this kind of sketch. I thought I'd try it out tonight. 

I've always been an admirer of people who can do vintage and shabby chic cards. I've tried to make some of my own, but it's never what I want it to look like in the end. I'll still keep trying though!!! Here's my shabby chic/ vintage card...ok so not so shabby chic and not so vintage...just a little? :P Here's the sketch for Taylored Expression Sketch Challenge #124.

I used a flower from 5th Ave. Florals (SU) and colored it with Aqua Mist ink (PTI) and my Dove blender. Then I brushed the edges with Tea Dye Distressed Ink to make it look a little "vintage". Behind that I used several stamps on the pink polka dot patterned paper. I might have used to much because now it doesn't appear pink to me at all!!! I seriously have to get a better camera. I took so many pictures of it and it always comes out yellow! I tried to fix it on Photoshop, but there's only so much I can do with it.

Well, I still think it came out nicely. Hopefully, a little shabby chic...a little vintage! ;)
Have a great week!

Cardstock - vintage cream (PTI), white (Paper Company)
Patterned Paper - Lush (My Mind's Eye), Ancestral Bird Brocade (TPC Studios)
Stamps - Text Style, Simply Stationery, Violets (PTI), 5th Ave. Florals (SU), Travel Journey (TPC Studios)
Others - ribbon (Offray), edge punch (Martha Stewart)

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Curtain Call Color Challenge Act 43

Hi! Sunday is almost over and it seems I haven't rested enough. I'm just glad for this hobby we all share and enjoy. Otherwise, I think a person would go crazy just working and working. So Stacey has posted another challenge this week. I must say, I love the colors on the picture, but I was totally clueless as to what to do with this one. I started with the green and from there I grabbed my Turning a Leaf stamp set. I love this stamp set. There are so many possibilities for it, the only problem is, I'm always limited by my imagination. I'm so grateful for everyone who shares this hobby, because whenever I need inspiration, there's always one around. :) 

I chose to keep things simple today with this challenge. It's mostly white with little bursts of colors here and there. Here's the Curtain Call Color Challenge Act 43 color combination, and my card submission for this week. I hope your week starts and ends well!

Cardstock - white (PTI), green (Paper Comapany)
Patterned Paper: orange (SEI)
Stamps: Turning a New Leaf, Big and Bold Wishes, Beautiful Blooms II (PTI)
Others: ribbon (Wendy)


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